2020 Courses

  • Winter Session 2020 course rosters will be available in September.
  • Summer Session 2020 course rosters will be available in November.

Explore lost & forgotten chapters of Brooklyn's urban history

During this four-week program you'll examine the history of Brooklyn, New York, from its glacial past through its early development and success, subsequent decline, and gentrified resurgence.

Taught by historian Thomas Campanella, you’ll learn about

  • The founding of Gravesend in the 17th century
  • The 1776 Battle of Brooklyn
  • The creation of Prospect Park and Frederick Law Olmsted’s first parkway
  • The heyday of racing and amusement parks
  • The 1920s building boom
  • White flight and the urban crisis
  • The modern gentrification movement

While your principle focus will be Brooklyn’s urban past, you’ll also explore the traces of its history that can be seen in the city today.

"The urban landscape has a long memory," writes Professor Campanella. "That which has vanished is often still about our feet, hidden in plain sight; for the past is all around us, and it conditions and qualifies the present."